Thursday, January 26, 2006

patent reform(?): how to find prior art and "old" inventions

One of the things we'll discuss today is the difficulty of the Patent Examiner to find out if an invention claimed in a patent application is actually new, or just something that already exists in the prior art.

Several groups have begun efforts to try to develop better databases and peer input for the prior art review. Here are two:

Open Source as Prior Art Initiative

IBM's The Peer to Patent Project


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